Authentic: How to be yourself and why it matters

Authentic: How to be yourself and why it matters

by Stephen Joseph


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Authentic: How to be yourself and why it matters by Stephen Joseph

The hunger for authenticity guides us throughout our lives. People strive for joined-up living, where on the one hand what they say and do reflects what they think and feel, and on the other what they think and feel reflects who they are.

Stephen Joseph has pioneered developments in research into authenticity, drawing on the solid science of positive psychology to develop what has become one of the gold-standard tests for assessing authenticity. His and others' findings reveal that when people are in relationships in which they feel accepted, understood and valued, they drop their defences. They naturally begin to examine themselves psychologically, accommodate new information and live more authentically. What's more, the latest studies reveal that it is authenticity that leads to true happiness.

In Authentic, Stephen Joseph presents his fresh and inspiring perspective on the psychology of authenticity alongside practical advice and exercises for the reader. Drawing on the wisdom of existential philosophers, the insights and research of psychologists, and case studies from his own and others' clinical experiences, he shows how authenticity is the foundation of human flourishing - as well as how the ideas relate to debates about the importance of happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780349404844
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 652,266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Stephen Joseph is a professor of psychology, health and social care at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he is co-director of the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth and an honorary consultant psychologist in psychotherapy. He has published more than two hundred academic papers, seven academic books and is the author of What Doesn't Kill Us (Piatkus). He is often asked to comment in the media on topical events relating to his work.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

To Thine Own Self Be True 1

1 The Authenticity Formula 9

Part I How To Be Yourself

2 We Are Born to Be Ourselves 33

3 How We Become Derailed From Being Ourselves 47

4 Learn to Listen to Your Own Inner Voice of Wisdom 63

5 Spot Your Defences 81

Part II Why Authenticity Matters

6 The Flourishing Life 101

7 The Authenticity Scale 119

Part III Three Steps Towards Authenticity: 30 Practical Exercises to Try

8 Step 1 - Know Yourself 147

9 Step 2 - Own Yourself 157

10 Step 3 - Be Yourself 167

Part IV Authentic Living in the 21st Century

11 Nurture Authenticity in Your Children 185

12 Overcome Toxic Workplaces and Develop Leadership Through Authenticity 197

13 Nurture Authentic Relationships 205

14 Conclusion 215

Appendix I How Happy Are You? 225

Appendix II Some Advice on Seeking Help 227

Further Reading 231

Notes 233

Index 253

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